Overcoming Depression, Part One

This Series Has Addressed The Following

Overcoming:

  1. insecurity
  2. mistakes
  3. failure
  4. inherited behavior
  5. betrayal
  6. loss

The final topic for this series is overcoming depression.

Depression is a wide topic with many trails. Generally, we think of depressed people as being sad, discouraged, or defeated. Clinically, the following symptoms are generally recognized as signs of true depression:

  1. little interest in doing anything
  2. feeling sad or hopeless
  3. trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  4. little energy, always tired
  5. not eating, eating too much, considerable weight changes
  6. feelings of failure and guilt
  7. trouble making decisions
  8. thoughts of harming yourself, even fatally 

THREE FLAWS

When dealing with depression, especially for Christians, there are three flaws we need to acknowledge:

“It’s all in your head, it’s just your imagination.”

“Christians who are depressed just have a lack of faith.”

“If believers are depressed it’s because they are worldly and unspiritual.”

RECENT HISTORY

In the past it was suggested that depression wasn’t real, but an invented “illness” to sell over the counter remedies. Maybe so, but not today, there’s just too much evidence. 

Today, ample research regarding brain chemical imbalances have eliminated such caveman thinking. Those ideas in the past were mistaken, antiquated, and dangerous.

People have lived with depression and not known what caused so much misery.  In the past, people shunned seeking medical or therapeutic assistance due to the stigma of  a mental disorder.

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Depression doesn’t seem real until you have it. 

CONSIDER THESE EXAMPLES

Job: he lost his children, home, all his wealth and his health, and then his wife turned against him. Imagine him sitting on the ash heap scraping himself with pieces of broken pottery. Does he look depressed to you?

King David: When his baby died that Bathsheba delivered, he spent a week on the floor, weeping and grieving. 

Apostle Paul: blinded by the brilliant light he went days without eating as he wrestled with the implications to his future. He faced a total life reboot.

In my opinion, each struggled with levels of depression. If you read the book of Job, or research the lives of David and Paul, you’ll realize they were men of deep faith. Would you tell them that they were weak, worldly or faithless? That it was all in their heads?

IN CLOSING

Look for Part Two of Overcoming Depression this Wednesday morning. I’ll seek to offer encouragement and suggestions for getting help and coping with debilitating depression. 

 

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